Position/Title: 

PhD Research Assistantship – phenotypic/genotypic diversity of native trout 

Responsibilities: 

We seek a highly motivated student for a Ph.D. position at the University of Idaho in the recently funded NSF-EPSCoR GEM3 program (https://www.idahogem3.org). The program seeks to understand how genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive capacity. The program is focused primarily on two taxa: redband trout, a subspecies of rainbow trout, and sagebrush. These taxa are integral to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the American West and are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of the region. 

). The program seeks to understand how genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive capacity. The program is focused primarily on two taxa: redband trout, a subspecies of rainbow trout, and sagebrush. These taxa are integral to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the American West and are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of the region. 

The Ph.D. student will join an interdisciplinary cohort of postdoctoral researchers and students working at scales from genomic characterization of physiological traits in trout and sagebrush, to mapping and modeling of complex ecological, evolutionary, and social-economic systems. 

This advertised Ph.D. position is dedicated to redband trout. Research will focus on the phenotypic and genetic diversity of native trout populations in the Intermountain West. The student will be working as part of a collaborative research team studying adaptive capacity in native trout populations with a combination of physiology and genomics. 

Qualification: 

MS in biological sciences or related field. Preference for a student with prior research experience in fish physiology, energetics, cardiorespiratory and/or genotype-to-phenotype analyses of fishes. 

Salary: 

Up to $28,000/yr plus tuition and fees 

Start date: 

May or September of 2019 

Contact/Email: 

Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Brian Small, bcsmall@uidaho.edu Review of applications will begin immediately; for full consideration please apply before March 15, 2019